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William Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England (1765-69) is perhaps the most elegant and influential legal text in the history of the common law. By one estimate, Blackstone has been cited well over 10,000 times in American judicial opinions alone. Prominent in recent reassessment of Blackstone and his works, Wilfrid Prest also convened the Adelaide symposia which have now generated two collections of essays: Blackstone and his Commentaries: Biography, Law, History (2009), and Re-Interpreting Blackstone's Commentaries: A Seminal Text in National and International Contexts (2014). This third collection focuses on Blackstone's critics and detractors. Leading scholars examine the initial reception of the Commentaries in the context of debates over law, religion and politics in eighteenth-century Britain and Ireland. Having shown Blackstone's volumes to be a contested work of the Enlightenment, the remaining chapters assess critical responses to Blackstone on family law, the status of women and legal education in Britain and America. While Blackstone and his Commentaries have been widely lauded and memorialised in marble, this volume highlights the extent to which they have also attracted censure, controversy and disparagement.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Introduction / Anthony Page and Wilfrid Prest Rationalising the common law: Blackstone and his predecessors? Michael Lobban The "least repulsive" work on a "repulsive subject": Jeremy Bentham on William Blackstone's commentaries on the laws of England / Philip Schofield Blackstone, expositor and censor of law both made and found / Jessie Allen William Blackstone, Edward Gibbon and Thomas Winchester: the case for an Oxford enlightenment / Ian Doolittle Rational dissent and Blackstone's commentaries / Anthony Page Blackstone, parliamentary sovereignty and his Irish critics / Ultán Gillen Blackstone, family law and the exclusion of the half blood in inheritance / Tim Stretton Blackstone and women / Carolyn Steedman Professing law in the shadow of the commentaries / David Lieberman Hammond's Blackstone and the historical school of American jurisprudence / David M Rabban A very narrowing effect upon our profession?: a progressive jurist confronts Blackstone / John V Orth Blackstone's posthumous reputation / Wilfrid Prest.
KD660 .B483 2018
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Online version: Blackstone and his critics. Oxford [UK] ; Portland, Oregon : Hart Publishing, 2018
Oxford, UK : Hart Publishing, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2018.